Sermon: September 26, 2021

Does It Matter if We Gather?

Part 3:
“Gathering Matters for Our Growth”

by Michael Lewis

September 26, 2021

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”  -Romans 8:28-29

Content alone is never enough to transform a life.

  • When God saw a world broken and unable to save itself from sin.
  • No one knows more about how to make followers like Jesus, than Jesus.
  • “FOLLOWSHIP” requires fellowship (I made this word up).

Connection is required for a better reflection:

  • We grow in the image of Jesus by gatherings together with brothers and sisters to worship.
  • Jesus-followers grow by serving others together.
  • We grow by loving one another together.
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Live Stream: September 26, 2021

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Bulletin: September 26, 2021

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Our Worship…

We Will Glorify
We Shall Assemble
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” –Ps 118:24
This Is the Day
Grateful
Family News
We Bow Down
Servant Song (offering baskets)
“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13:35
 I Love You with the Love of the Lord
I Love You, Lord
Lord’s Supper
Lord, Take Control
Higher Ground (dismiss children)
Video: Really Love Them
Message: Does It Matter If We Gather?
Create in Me
Prayer of Blessing
Faithful

Church Family Update…

Remember the Wednesday Night Devo and Bible Study… There is something for all ages, meeting at the church building from 6-7pm for a brief time of worship followed by Bible classes and discussion. Check it out.

Attend Sunday Bible Classes… Jim Klein begins teaching “How We Got The Bible” this Sunday.

New Monthly Gathering Begins September 25th… The new ministry is called, “Sharing Hearts.” It will be a time of sharing scripture, discussing God’s blessings and life’s challenges, lifting each other up in prayer, and talking about how to help and encourage others. Doesn’t this sound great? All this and brunch, too. 9-11am every last Saturday of the month at our building. If you have questions call upon Dan DuPey or Dave Gutierrez who are co-leading.

Dalton Gardens Ladies Retreat (Oct 1-3)… It will be held next week at the Savenac Historic Tree Nursery in Haugan, MT. Meals are provided.  Bring a dessert or snack to share, bedding, toiletries, a Bible, clothes, and embroidery materials. If you haven’t already, call the office to sign up. Need directions? Contact church office.

Thanks to all who help with the Mountain States Children’s Home… The driver who picked up our food this past Tuesday said the Dalton Gardens congregation is always the most generous church on their route. Thank you DGChurch.

Today we are adding another camera to our Livestream… This should improve the quality of our broadcast. Thanks to Hunter Stoll for running the floor camera.

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Activity Calendar: October 2021

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Ladies Retreat

Ladies Retreat

October 1st at 5pm through October 3rd at 11am

Dalton Gardens Ladies retreat will be held again at the Savenac Historic Tree Nursery in Haugan, Montana.

Meals will be provided. Bring a dessert or snack to share, bedding, toiletries, a Bible, clothes, and embroidery materials. If you come up just for Saturday, please arrive by 9am. The theme will be “The 5 Love Languages”.  Kara Shelton will be leading singing.

Here is the sign up link for Retreat:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0544A5AB22AAF49-dgladies

Please call Alyson Klein or the church office with any questions or help signing up.

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Prayer Requests from September 19, 2021

Prayer Requests from September 19, 2021

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. 

 Psalm 145:8

Wayne Frisbie: Please pray for Gwyne that she would feel better and be able to get back to her normal activities. Thank you for all your prayers! What a blessing they are.

Ruby Rude: Pray for our country and government.

Paul & Katrina Swaim: Thanks to the Lord for the safe travel of Katrina and Amber’s mom and dad to Coeur d’Alene. They will be here until New Years and we are so excited to have them!

Arrty & Jen Rude: Please pray for the planning and preparation for the Ladies Retreat, and all those involved.

Mike & Yvie Swaim: Tuesday, September 21 will be Shirley Swaim’s 94th birthday.

Helen Rouse: A big thank you to all for your care and kind words on the passing of my brother, Ernie. He really loved this congregation!

Jim & Alyson Klein: Sandra Welch is traveling back from Iowa this week and would appreciate prayers for safe travel.

Dale & Diane Herboldt: Prayers for Christians in faraway places, being persecuted because of their faith.

Harold & Trisha Schultz: Praise God, our neighbor’s son, Matt Miller, was baptized with his wife and daughter. Please pray for their new life in Christ!

Les Biby: Nancy pulled a muscle in her back. Please pray for less pain.

Steve & Hilda Stoll: So thankful for the family we are creating here and for the love and support we have received from many.

Terry & Cindy Skinner: Thank you so much for all of the prayers and cards for our family during the time of the loss of our dad, grandpa, great grandpa. Please continue to pray for our son, Jared and his children in a difficult time.

From the garden of prayer: I am a missionary to Canada. Please pray for provision and souls. Pray that Canada would know Jesus. Thank you, Keisha Kelanie.

Aaron Lewis: Pray that my dad and everyone at April’s house recovers from COVID.

Candice Cross: Thankful for the new arrival of my granddaughter, Avery Mae, August 19, 2021. She is healthy and beautiful.

Georgette Rude: Please pray for me that God will reveal the source of pain in my bones.

Bonnie Boulton: Pray for the sick, those without jobs, and for my son to get his kidney.

David & Linda Bruner: Pray for Misty Stemmene’s boyfriend, Ryan, who was diagnosed with cellulitis of the leg. Also, pray for Wayne & Debbie Frisbie. Wayne had an accident while cutting firewood. No injury, but sore.

Dan & Teri Dupey: Please pray for our brother, Larry B suffering with extreme health issues.

Debbie & Craig Hengge: Prayers for our family, our son and daughter and families all caught COVID. Please pray for their continued recovery. A good friend and member of the church, Wayne Balwenz, is in critical condition. Please pray for his recovery.

Anita Poland: Please pray for my friend, Cindy Kendrick with a deteriorating back condition. Also, Shelia Marker for terrible pain in her nerves. Please keep my daughter-in-law, Geraldine Poland in prayer for safe travels.

AJ Stemmene: Please pray for all who have lost loved ones especially the Turner family. I thought the world of Ernie. Pray for all the shut-ins, sick, afflicted, and my friend, Margie Ryan. Pray for our leaders and our congregation.

Shelia Bucher: My sister in law and her husband are still fighting COVID and suffering terribly. My neighbor, Loretta is really sick with COVID. She has two babies and needs our prayers. Her husband Mike he has to care for the kids, so he is missing out on work. Please pray for them.

Claudia Moberg: Please pray for my renewed health as I have tested positive for COVID. Also, pray my daughter doesn’t catch it because she has asthma and COPD.

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Sermon: September 19, 2021

Does It Matter if We Gather?

Part 2:
“It Matters to Our Faith”

by Michael Lewis

September 19, 2021

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Acts 2

Even before the pandemic there was a well-researched  decline  in America for participating church meetings.

Among the biggest reasons for decline in going to church meetings in America is our  affluence  and our electronic  connectedness .

Remember: What is vital for some should NOT become  normal  for most.

The New Testament knows nothing about belonging to Jesus without belonging to other  followers  of Jesus:

1. The first Christians were born and added into a family devoted to four  passions .

2. Faith cannot be motivated by convenience, but by  conviction .

3. A growing faith is  saturated  with God’s point of view and being together with God’s people.

Primary Scriptures: Acts 2:1; Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24, 25.

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Live Stream: September 19, 2021

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Bulletin: September 19, 2021

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Our Worship…

I’m Gonna View that Holy City
Blue Skies and Rainbows
Count Your Blessings
Family News
Prayer
Thank You , Lord
 He Paid a Debt (passing offering)
Come, Share the Lord
Lord’s Supper
Prayer before the passing of the Bread
“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.” 1 Cor. 10:16-17
P
rayer before the passing of the Cup
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”  Romans 12:3-5
Bind Us Together
How Sweet, How Heavenly (vs 1,2, 5)
Video: “Church Together”
Message: “Does It Matter If We Gather”
Sweet, Sweet Spirit
Prayer of Blessing
When We All Get to Heaven

Church Family Update…

Wednesday night group is gathering… There is something for all ages, meeting at the church building from 6-7pm for a brief time of worship followed by Bible classes and discussion. Check it out.

Attend Sunday Bible Classes… Jim Klein begins teaching “How We Got The Bible” this Sunday.

New Monthly Gathering Begins September 25th… The new ministry is called, “Sharing Hearts.” It will be a time of sharing scripture, discussing God’s blessings and life’s challenges, lifting each other up in prayer, and talking about how to help and encourage others. Doesn’t this sound great? All this and brunch, too. 9-11am every last Saturday of the month at our building. If you have questions call upon Dan DuPey or Dave Gutierrez who are co-leading.

Be planning for DEBT FREE SUNDAY!
On Oct. 3rd, we will release this church from our debt. If you are unable to be here on the 3rd then please give early or late, but please clearly label your check so it may be properly counted (or hand your envelope to an elder).

Dalton Gardens Ladies Retreat (Oct 1-3)… It will be held again at the Savenac Historic Tree Nursery in Haugan, MT. Meals are provided.  Bring a dessert or snack to share, bedding, toiletries, a Bible, clothes, and embroidery materials. If you haven’t already, call the office to sign up.

Dan and Teri DuPey’s, “Celebrating Teaching,” scheduled for Oct. 9 has been postponed… It’s because of the increase in COVID concerns.

Thanks to all who helped with the Mountain States Children’s Home food drive… You did great.

Social media is a two-edged sword. It can be used to bless and used to hurt. From teens to the oldest among us, let’s be careful to do what Paul say: “Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouth (or fingertips), but only what is helpful for building others up (Eph. 4:29).If you notice something that seems worrisome among Christians on social media please mention it to one of our shepherds so they might help. Let’s all remember to: Tweet others as you would wish to be tweeted.

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Prayer Requests from September 12, 2021

Prayer Requests from September 12, 2021

The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?   Psalm 27:1

Larry & Sylvia Slate: Please pray for Gerry Ross (Myrtle & Ron McIntire’s grandson). He has double pneumonia and COVID. Prayers are needed.

Keith Fredrikson: Please pray for Ralph Shook, a dear friend, for health issues.

Betty Rude: So many need God’s healing hand. Georgette Rude, Margie Waddell, Margee, Randy’s mother.

Georgette Rude: Thank you for praying for my mother, Corky. She is recovering well from her surgery.

Dan & Teri Dupey: Please pray for William White as he transitions at Stem Charter Academy. Steve Peterson and Lyle Newell for renewed health.

Nichole & Chris Rouse: Nichole friend’s son-in-law, Brandon Fowler, was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Brandon will begin treatments this week. He and his wife, Emily could really use our prayers as they begin this challenging journey.

Scott & Karmen Rouse: I have an old friend moving from Washington. She is searching for a condo or small affordable place to live. If you hear of someone that will have a vacancy as early as October 1st or shortly after, please let me know. Please keep her in your prayers. Her name is Kathie Street and this will be a new journey after losing her husband a couple of years ago.

Church office: Please keep our custodian, Sandra Welch in prayer for safe travels to Iowa and back. She is visiting her grandchildren.

Jim & Alyson Klein: Continue to pray for Jim’s cousin, Jim Landi as he continues to recover from his lung transplant.

 

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